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Date updated: 11/09/2021

Keeping active is vital to improving and maintaining both physical and mental health. When it comes to exercise, some is good, but more is better – the more time you are active, the greater the health benefits. Remember every minute counts!

It is never too late to get active to improve your health, so start small and build up starting with ten minutes of brisk walking a day.

We want to hear from you

The City of London Corporation are reviewing a range of services that we commission to support the health and fitness of our resident and worker populations, of which our leisure and sports services play an important role.

So, we want to hear from you and you could even win a £50 Amazon voucher for your time!

Please spare 15 minutes of your time to give us your views and help us build a picture of fitness levels in the Square Mile. 

We are also asking children and young people to tell us their views to ensure that we provide the services that work for them. This survey will only take five minutes to complete. 

If you have any specific queries or would like to discuss any of the details in the survey in more detail, please email the Commissioning Team.

Maintaining your physical health

NHS Health Checks are designed to identify the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.

City residents aged between 40 and 74 years old are eligible to complete an NHS Health Check. For more information speak to your GP.

Want to get active? Track your progress, set yourself goals and get top tips for moving more with the Active 10 app.

This 12-week programme, delivered by WW (Weight Watchers UK), supports City residents and eligible City workers with a BMI of 30 or above to make positive changes to their lifestyles and create long-term change, helping them to achieve weight loss, prevent weight gain, and develop healthier eating habits.

City residents who are interested in the service should speak to their GP in the first instance.

City workers in service and/or manual roles such as construction, retail, food services, hospitality, transport and storage and manufacturing, who have a Body Mass Index of 23.5 or above, are able to access the free service and should call 0345 602 7068 (national call rate) and quote reference WWRS106 to assess their eligibility.

This service is for City of London residents aged 18+ who are sedentary and/or have a condition that puts them at risk of future ill-health. The service will help you to develop and maintain healthy exercise and physical activity habits, identify and set goals, and improve physiological health indicators, including blood pressure, weight, body mass index and heart rate.

For more information email the service providers at Fusion Lifestyle (Golden Lane Sport & Fitness Centre) or call 020 7250 1464

Things happening in the City of London to help you keep active

Discover great locations from gardens in the City to heath, common and ancient woodland further afield. Yours for a day out, sport, wildlife, nature, learning and more.  Discover green tranquil areas by using the Hidden City Walking Map for the best routes to take through the City.  

Walking and cycling ("active travel") as part of your commute is an easy way of incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine and achieving the NHS' recommended guidelines of 150 minutes of physical activity per week. The City Corporation's Active City Network offers a range of free support services to City workers and businesses to make active travel easier.

Cycling is a healthy, sustainable and safe way of getting around, avoiding public transport and getting fit at the same time.

City residents can access a wide range of free support to help them to start, or stay, cycling, including cycle training and cycle maintenance. More information is available on the COVID-19 Cycle with confidence page.